Sustainable Finance for Breakfast (9) 

Held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018


  • Ben Caldecott (Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme)

  • Catherine Howarth (ShareAction)



As usual, Ben Caldecott – Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme and co-chair of the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment – has agreed to walk us through the key developments in the sustainable finance/ESG space, and to give us his own take on what we need to be looking out for. This month, his co-conspirator is a familiar face – Catherine Howarth, who has been chief executive of ShareAction since 2008, as well as a board member of the Scott Trust (owner of The Guardian) and a member of the Treasury’s Asset Management Taskforce.

As always, there’s a lot to discuss – not least:

  • UNEP’s latest report, “Making Waves: Aligning the financial system with Sustainable Development”; and
  • a new report from the EU’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on sustainable finance, calling inter alia for a uniform taxonomy and common standards.

In addition, UNEP has decided to establish the secretariat for its new network of financial centres for sustainability in Geneva, S&P has put out new (and genuinely impressive) numbers on the US decarbonisation efforts and the role of ‘green bonds’, and Wells Fargo and Bloomberg have announced a new JV to help advance the objectives of the Paris Agreement… And so on. There is an awful lot going on, and I am delighted that Ben and Catherine have agreed to hold our hands and walk us through the Green Maze.

If you (or a colleague) would like to join us – and, perhaps, to share your own thoughts – please let us know by emailing or by phoning the Centre on 0207 621 1056. As usual, thanks to the hospitality of Deloitte, there will be plenty of coffee, tea and buns.

Sincerely yours,
Andrew Hilton